Congress, in its ever decreasing wisdom, has decreed that Daylight Savings time will be moved up a month to March 11th. The reason is a belief that adding an hour of daylight in the evening will help the country to conserve energy in the range of 10.8 million metric tons of carbon emissions over the course of 10 years. Sounds big, but:
While 10.8 million metric tons of carbon emissions may sound like a lot, it pales in comparison to the 5.9 billion metric tons the United States emitted just in 2004, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. —Reuters
Of course it’s nice to add a bit of daylight at the end of the day, and it’s nice to lower a bit of carbon emissions over a decade. But, it’s so small, it’s not even a drop in the bucket.
Again congress is engaged in a bait and switch political BS game. The largest emissions problem we have in this country is BY FAR the emissions from cars. But, they are still resistant to any legislation that would effect the auto/oil industry.